Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cambodia--Phnom Penh

We started the trip in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. It is a bustling south east Asia city with many motor bikes, hawkers and markets. The main tourist attraction is the Killing Fields where many of the two million Cambodians were murdered under the Khmer Rouge regime. It was incredibly sad, but I'm glad we visited it. In addition, we went to the Genocide Museum, S21, which was a school turned prison where 20,000 people were tortured and killed.

The Killing Fields: It is a large area consisting of big ditches where the bodies were buried.
The memorial tower at the Killing Fields. The tower is filled with skulls:
S21: Rack where people were hung and their heads dipped in filthy water as a torture devise. Another famous stop in Phnom Penh is the FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) with a beautiful view of the Tonle Sap river.

We stayed at a very quaint B&B style hotel where we had a private pool, although it was too cold for me to go in all the way. This picture is the main pool.
The B&B didn't have availability for Saturday night, so we splurged on Raffles. It certainly lived up to its reputation.
The Royal Palace looked very similar to the one in Bangkok:
Cooling off with some Angkor beers, "My Country, My Beer":

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